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“We win together, we lose together…” — ©

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Просто очень хороший текст о команде Portland “Trail Blazers”

Они проиграли и сезон для них сегодня закончился, но… это очень хорошая команда.

Я надеюсь, что это не последний из сезон вместе. Если так, то у этой команды есть будущее.

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SAN ANTONIO — The game was out of reach, and soon the season would be over, but with about eight minutes left in Wednesday’s Game 5 there was one more memory for the Trail Blazers to create.

They had emerged out of a timeout and started out toward the court when they realized the game was still a ways from resuming. So they took a seat along the scorers table near halfcourt.

Nicolas Batum. Robin Lopez. Damian Lillard. LaMarcus Aldridge. And Wesley Matthews.

It would be their final act together, their final stand of the season.

It was such a poignant moment, I felt compelled to take a photo as I sat behind them.

After the game, I showed the photo to each player. Their response reveals more than anything that came out of Wednesday’s 104-82 loss in Game 5 that sent the Spurs to the Western Conference finals for the third straight season.

“I was hoping someone got that; I love that picture,” Lopez said, still staring at the photo. “The important thing is, we were down 18 or 20 and we were still there, together. Instead of splintering, instead of bickering, we were still there together and we were going to go out with pride.”

He said that was the message being passed down the line from Lillard and Aldridge, that even in the bleakest hour, this team would stay together.

“Damian was saying ‘Stick with it! Stick with it!’ ” Lopez said. “And that was our team the whole season. Even when things weren’t going well, it wasn’t because we were apart or weren’t a team. We played with a chip on our shoulders and we always had each other’s back.”

When Lillard looked at the photo, he immediately went back to the moment.

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